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MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT , SOMDEJKING KING , SPECIALIZE IN AJARN TOH'S SOMDEJ .The Creation of Phra Noe Pong (Sacred Powder Image of Buddha) This image of Buddha’s making is regarded as one of the highest plastic sculpture artistry. Usually the main ingredients of plasticity mortar were wood oil, skin glue, cane juice or high quality bee’s wax. This art were used by ancient Greek, Roman and Indian Artists to created sculptures, more specifically speaking, used to make sculpture of Buddha, before later applied to make image of Buddha. Thailand’s oldest sacred powder image of Buddhais ‘Phra Gru Wat Tup Khao’ (Image of Buddha from dungeon of Tup Khao Tmple) from Sukhothai Province. Second oldest is ‘Phra Somdet Orrahung of Mahatart Temple’ made by The Fourth Somdet Phra Yahn Sangwarn Somdet Phra Sunkkarajjao (The Fourth Thai Buddhist Pope), as known as ‘Phra Sukkaraj Suk Kaitoen’. And this sacred powder image of Buddha was became a prototype of Sacred Powder Image of Buddha in shape of Gourd’s Square Piece which first made in the year 2360 of Buddhist Era. Moreover, Somdet Phra Sukkaraj Suk (Kaitoen) was a respectfully master of Somdet Phra Puttajarn Toa Proamrungsi and Somdet Phra Puttajarn Toa had followed his procedures in making one of the most famous image of Buddha of Thailand: ‘Phra Somdet Wat Rakung’, ‘Phra Somdet Bang Khunprom’ and ‘Phra Somdet Gedchaiyo’, all of these are all time famous and popular sacred powder image of Buddha of Thailand. Therefore, all later making of sacred powder image of Buddha in Thailand will follow the making procedure of Somdet Phra Puttajarn (Toa Phroamrungsi), from raw materials preparation to the incantation, his making procedures can be divide into 3 main steps, namely: raw material preparation, model sculpturing and carving; and incantation. 3.1 Raw material preparation It is well known that main component of sacred powder image of Buddha is lime powder. In ancient making procedure, they’ll burn sea shell and grind it into powder called‘Pong Pun Ploek Hoi’ (Sea Shell - Lime Powder) which possessed the same characteristics as ordinary lime powder. After preparing main component, then they’ll collect other sacred materials such as flowery sedge, ore of gold sand and silver sand, sacred objects etc. and bring all of these materials to grind into sacred powder. Additionally there are other components that will hold all these sacred powder together, in ancient time the maker usually use ‘Kluay Num’ and ‘Num Mun Tung Eaw’ (‘Kluay Num’ is a kind of banana and ‘Num Mun Tung Eaw’ is a composition of wood oil with oil which become a sticky substance) From the recipe of Grand Master Phraputtajarn Toa Proamrungsi in making sacred powder image of Buddha (whose had been praised as the founding father of ‘Sutr Niyom’ or ‘Sutr Kru’ [a popular or mastery recipe for making something] for the making of sacred powder image of Buddha) and in the content of sacred powder image of Buddha which building by his recipe. We’ve seen that his Excellency had given so much important to the sacred powder, which is the vital kernel of this image of Buddha type.By his recipe, there are 5 sacred powders exist, namely, ‘Patamung’, ‘Ittajae’, ‘Maharaja’, ‘Puttakhun’ and ‘Tri Nisihing’ powder. These names doesn’t imply to 5 different and separate powders that will be just mixing together in the making process. These powders are substantially the same substance which had been through 5 different processes to create one complete sacred powder. The procedure start by creating the ‘Patamung’ powder, then use it as base material to create ‘Ittajai’ powder and so on until the final output came out from 5 times transformation. It is this complexity that made sacred powder image of Buddha become so intense in its might and power. The processes of the creating these 5 sacred powders, followed the recipe of Grand Master Toa Proamrungsi, are describe as follow: 1) The worshiping to ancestral principals It is an ordinary Buddhist culture since the old time that the practitioners in any activities must held a worshiping ceremony, to bestow prosperity and cabalistic science upon themselves. To do so, the practitioners must clean their body and mind. If they’re laymen, then they should wear white cloth and made an acceptance of the Buddhist commandments. And then set up a worshiping offerings which usually comprise of 9 colors-flowers, 9 candles and joss sticks, ‘Bai Sri Pak Cham’ (a kind of offerings by put food into a bowl), ‘Kanom Tom Dang – Kanom Tom Kao’, green coconuts, banana, 9 kinds of fruits, pork’s head, duck and chicken, non sacrping scale - steamed snake-head fish, roast bean and sesame seeds, popped rice, milk and dairy products, face washing bowl, red cloth – white cloth and 6 Bath for master’s gratuity fee. Then chant the Three Gems worshiping spell and incant the divine prescription. (Chant the Three Gems worshiping spell, divine summoning spell, principal summoning spell, master praising spell) after complete the principle worshiping, we’ll proceed to the cabalistic character inscription. 2) Cabalistic characters inscription This step involves practice writing of various cabalistic and magical characters, also those magical character’s incantation which require while writing them. To write the cabalistic characters, the writer will need ‘sacred chalk pencil’ ‘Sacred Chalk Pencil’ made from many ingredients, namely: - Salty soil from 7 places (soil that contained earth salt, easily can be found in The Northeastern Thailand) - Port soil from 7 places (soil from river or sea port) - City center soil from 7 places (soil from shrine of the city center) - Ash and leftovers of candle and joss stick that were lit to worship the principle image of Buddha in the temple) - ‘Kalong’ flowers (genus Bauhinia) - Top of ‘Yod Sawat’ plants (Caesalpinia crista) - Top of ‘Ruk sorn’ plants (Dahlia) - Scurf of ‘Sema Leaf’ (term ‘scurf’ here mean crust of earth soil that deposit on various place, Sema is a symbolic place state the temple’s perimeter) - Scurf of Royal Palace’s door - Scurf from White Elephant’s ‘Talung’ Stake (Talung is a kind of double-pole stake use in tying elephants) - Golden Flower’s wood (dehydrated by exposed to sunlight and pound into powder) - Laburnum’s wood - ‘Plu Ruam jai’(a kind of betel pepper plant, usually grow in a large clump, the word ‘ruam jai’ mean ‘stand together’) - ‘Plu Song Hang’ (Betel pepper’s twin leaf, hardly found and believe to be sacred object) - ‘Krajae Tanow’ (name of small thorny plant usually found in unassorted forest, gray – rough bark, small – clustering white flowers with soft fragrant, its wood can use to scrub with water to create skin nourishing potion) - 7 taste oils (oil from 7 kind plant or animal, the harder it can be found, the better it will be) - Soft prepare chalk. Bring these entire ingredients together, pound into powder, put in water and mold into a chalk pencil. 3) Making of sacred powder After completing all above requirements, then we’re going to create the sacred powder, those 5 sacred powders are having interesting creating methods, namely: 3.3.1) the making of ‘Patamung’ powder Starting sacred powder for the practitioners in magical science, this powder use for every kind of ‘Na’ inscription in the ‘Patom Pintu Sutra’ (a high magical incantation regarding birth of things) This sutra describe the earth as its original time as an empty – lifeless world, the water just run dried and land is appearing, ‘Thao Sahabordi Mahaphroam’ had seen 5 lotuses in his holy vision and realized that there will be 5 Buddhas travel to the earth. His Excellency had shower down cogon to the earth, thus water are decreased and fresh – fragrant land appears. Some celestial being had come down to eat this fragrant earth soil which made them lost their way back to heaven; hence they start to breed and live as human on earth until these day. Therefore, we regard ‘Thao Sahabordi’ as the founding father of elemental world. ‘Na’ inscription mean the method to filled magical power into the require substance or thing, its regard as first and cunningly step which lead to other incantation. The making of ‘Patamung’ powder is bringing power from above mentioned ingredients and mold into chalk pencil and use it to write down the inscription while chant the ‘Na’, ‘Patom’, ‘Pintu’ sutra and erase it after that, repeat the same step from chant the incantation, write the inscription and erase it until run out of molding chalk pencil then you’ll have ‘Patamung’ or ‘primary’ powder. The overall processes to making this powder usually takes few months. 3.3.2) the making of ‘Ittajae’ powder After we have ‘Patamung’ powder, we mold it again into chalk pencil and write the inscription with ‘Mulgudjai’ Sutra and erase with ‘Ittajae’ Powder’s Erasing Sutra. Ancient treatise describe that Grand Master Gudjai, ancestral principal was founded the making method and incantation sutra of this sacred powder. Later generation use his name to call this sutra as ‘Mukgudjai’ which also the foundation of Cambodian character, consonant and vowel. The making of ‘Ittajae’ powder involve incantation and inscription of character and consonant into ‘Ittajadeso Talaha Kanahahi Tamsa’ form, so called ‘Lop Kad Tua’ (Ultimately minus). Powder create from this method call ‘Ittajae’ powder, the making process usually take 3 days and also require the maker to use all prepared chalk pencils. 3.3.3) the making of ‘Maharaja’ powder Repeat the same procedure, use ‘Ittajae’ powder to mold chalk pencils and use them to write ‘Maharaja’ Sutra and erase it with The Five Name Sutra. Repeat the write – erase step until all prepared pencils are no more. The whole process consume equally length of time of ‘Patamung’ Powder’s making, the output is call ‘Maharaja’ powder. 3.3.4) the making of ‘Puttakhun’ powder Use ‘Maharaja’ powder to mold another chalk pencils and then chant the incantation and write the inscription about various Buddha’s merit: from the first time he born, enlightened to his passed away. Write and erase as above making procedure until run out of pencil, the output call ‘Puttakhun’ powder which regarded as one of the mightiest sacred powder as its create from the Buddha’s merit itself. 3.3.5) the making of ‘Tri Nisihing’ powder The last sacred powder involves Thai ancient number and character, made by molding chalk pencil from above sacred powder and use to chant and write the ‘Attawat Watod Mongkol 12’ Sutra until finish as ‘Attra Tri Nisihing’ then write the ’12 Atrra Yahn’ which conclude at writing ‘Yahn Narai Todrup’ (Narayana’s image), the last image also comprise of ‘Yahn Tri Nisihing’, ‘Yahn Phra KwamBordi’ and ‘Yahn Tra Phra Si’ Master Tep SarikButr, an highbrow in Buddhist Magical Science, had told “there are many recipes in making sacred powder, beside the four mentioned above, ‘Patamung’, ‘Ittajae’, ‘Maharaja’ and ‘Tri Nisihing’, which were regard as master recipe. There are also many branch of recipes stem from these masters, such as ‘Puttakhun’ powder, even the ‘Puttakhun’ powder also had many methods to make. However, all of those recipes can create similar cared powder with equal might; sacred powder’s might is depend on the power of the maker’s wish. Beside, every powder image of Buddha that built in ancient time usually made from these sacred powders” After the makes have acquire sacred powder, they’ll bring them to mix with other pounded sacred substances, lime, shell and pour in ‘Kluay Num’ and ‘Tung Eaw’ oil which will made the a half solid – half plastic – sticky powder. 4.Model sculpturing and carving There are various types of model sculpturing, whether by ordinary artists or royal artists, such variation result in the different image of Buddha, in term of its beauty, graceful, fineness, balance etc. When finish sculpturing required model, the maker will bring above composition and press then into the model and then put in other sacred substance. To prevent the composition to stick to the model, they’ll use lime powder as first layer before put in the composition. After that they’ll cut and trim and pry the half finish image of Buddha out of the model. By the way, the lime powder which prevent the composition to get stick with the model also possessed unique characteristic which can be use in identifying real or fake image of Buddha, we’ll discuss about this matter later. After above step, the output image of Buddha still contain some humidity which require to be expose to the sun before put through other step. In the present day, some makers usually put it into oven and hence regard as final step of sacred powder image of Buddha’s making procedures, however, for our ancestor’s regard, this image of Buddha still not finish and still need to be put through the ordaining process. 5. Incantations After the sacred powder image of Buddha had been made, one last process is the incantation. The incantation will invite power and might of The Buddhist Three Gems (Buddha, his truth and his monks) to fill in the image of Buddha. There are various kinds of incantations, namely: 5.1) Group Incantation – By invited more than 1 monk to join in the incantation ceremony 5.2) Lone Incantation – Contra to the above one, this type of image of Buddha were put through incantation ceremony which done by one monk. 5.3) Vowing – Informal Incantation – Refer to any image of Buddha that didn’t fill in magical power by two above method, neither group or lone incantation ceremony, but the incantation was done by one monk’s vow to bestow Buddhist might into it, only a powerful and possessor of intense magical power can do such things. Sacred powder image of Buddha that create by these method were regard as complete sacred powder image of Buddha, there are many of them nowadays, around Thailand, that you can study and take it in custody. However, how powerful those image of Buddha will be or how carefully and thoroughly the making procedure were taken, you simply need to use your judgment in consideration.
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